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Chemical Oceanography

College or University: University of Rhode Island

Type of degree: Ph.D.

Brief overview of program: Chemical oceanographers study the chemical composition of seawater and how it is affected by physical mixing processes and by interactions with the atmosphere, the biosphere, and the sediments and rocks which form the seafloor. The most basic courses include chemical oceanography and the distribution of chemical species in seawater. Students may also specialize in the organic chemistry of seawater and sediments, physical chemistry of seawater, geochemistry of natural and artificial radionuclides, photochemical reactions in seawater, air-sea chemical interactions, and the chemical cycling of elements important to biological systems such as carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen.

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Description of Facilities: Scientific Facilities Because of the wide range of research activities conducted at GSO, an extensive and specialized array of scientific and technical equipment and services is required. Most of the laboratories and instrument facilities are state-of-the-art and unique to GSO. Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies GSO Paleomagnetics Laboratory ICP-MS Laboratory Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory (MERL) Marine Geological Samples Laboratory Oceanographic Remote Sensing Laboratory Physical Oceanographic Facilities Research Diving Web Site Seawater Facilities Analytical Services A number of research laboratories at the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) can provide analytical services on a per sample basis or by arrangement. In addition, GSO has a machining and fabrication facility, seawater facilities, and a pressure test facility that can be used, by arrangement, by persons outside of the University of Rhode Island. In addition to facilities and specific analytical services, arrangements may be made with individual or teams of researchers to test materials, equipment, etc. For general information or for inquiries concerning services that are not covered in the list of analytical and fabrication services at right or below, please contact: Dean's Office Tel: 401-874-6222 Magnetic Properties of Sediments Sediment Grain Size ICP-MS Analyses Trace Metal Analyses Acid Volatile Sulfide Pressure Test Facilities

Program Faculty: Brian Heikes, atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric oxidants, heterogeneous processes Katherine A. Kelley, igneous petrology and high temperature geochemistry Rainer Lohmann, organic geochemistry of organic pollutants and black carbon - atmospheric and marine fluxes Craig McNeil, air-sea gas exchange, upper-ocean process and interactions John T. Merrill, atmospheric transport, atmospheric waves S. Bradley Moran, trace element and radionuclide geochemistry, oceanic particle dynamics Rebecca Robinson, paleoceanography, global biogeochemical cycles Tatiana Rynearson, marine genomics and population genetics Arthur Spivack, environmental and marine geochemistry

Program Point of Contact: Brian Heikes


Institution address: 9 Alumni Avenue University of Rhode Island
                             Kingston,RI 02881


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